I use the net to connect my students to other students in different parts of the word, via Twitter or most recently; Skype in the classroom.I have already found new connections in the few months I have tried this. Our recent encounter is with students in Dhaka, Bangladesh. When you find new friends on the net it is a good idea to look up the location on a map. Or why not several to compare? Reading Technology For Teachers I came over this cool site: Maps Compare. Just type in the name of the city and get 4 different maps. The maps are: Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Bing Maps, and Google Earth browser plug-in and they are all displayed on one page. Zoom in or zoom out on one of the maps and you’re doing the same on the other three.
Application for class:
- Start off topics in class by using this application.
- Have your students use this when presenting in class, most presentations will cover places the students have not visited, and even more fun if they have.
- The day in pictures USA Today, divide class in groups of 3 and give them 1 picture each. Begin by presenting where the story takes place using Maps Compare. Then the talk about the news behind the picture, notes are not allowed!